Reamde by Neal Stephenson | Blabber

ReamdeReamde by Neal Stephenson
Thriller/Science fiction
1044 pages
Read June 20-Aug 23, 2020
Spoiler-free blabber

I can’t say I’ve read a 1000 page book and been entertained the whole time before.

But for some reason, obviously to the credit of the author, this book, which comes in at 1044 pages, kept me interested the whole way through. At no point did it lag, nor did the pacing slow down, for me at least.

Neal Stephenson’s Reamde is definitely a thriller, and while it’s also classified as science fiction, I’d say barely just, if you squint. It involves a video game that doesn’t exist, but otherwise, it seems very current-technology-era, maybe even a bit dated from it being written in 2011. So don’t be scared off by the categorization of ‘science fiction’ if that’s not something you typically read.

This books follows a small set of main characters – a middle aged draft-dodger who’s become wealthy and successful by inventing the video game mentioned above, his adopted, computer-wizard niece from Eritrea, some Russian mafia guys, some Chinese hackers, some British government agents, and some middle-eastern terrorists. I gotta tell ya, this plot is all over the place, but it just flows so well.

The beginnings of it at least, start when a computer virus – Reamde – made by the Chinese hackers ransom locks some files wanted by the Russian mafia while inside a resort owned by the video game creator. And it just goes from there. Honestly I can’t even begin to go farther into the plot because it really just goes everywhere.

So plot-wise, for being a 1000 pages, it was pretty fast-paced. As said, it didn’t lag or anything, and while it did definitely get a bit convoluted, at no point did it cross into jump the shark territory. The continuity and segues into new plot points were really good and kept me coming back.

The thing I did have a problem with, the thing that kept me from loving this book, was the vocabulary. Like… when I first started reading this book, I thought it was written in the 80s, going by the language the author was using. There were dated, offensive terms for black people, for homosexual people, and for special needs people that haven’t been used in a way that was ‘accepted’ in normal society for a loooong time. Like, they were sprinkled throughout the book, spoken by characters as if they were normal, characters not written to be racist or homophobic or anything like that. They were also in the narration itself at times. So I was reading this and I thought, ‘this is probably an old book, product of its time’. But nope, it was published in 2011. So like.. while I really liked the story, the vocabulary really made me hate it at the same time. I don’t know if the author feels that the terms are ‘normal’, or maybe this was originally drafted in the 80s or what, but it really rubbed me the wrong way. I have no idea how it got passed the editor, to be honest.

The thing that confused me the most about the weird vocabulary was it was combined with a very diverse cast of characters, all of whom were fleshed out and fairly well developed. It was just a weird dichotomy, seeing a really nice cast combined with the rocky vocabulary. I don’t know. It was… bizarre. I don’t remember this vocabulary being in other books I’ve read by Stephenson, so I have no idea what was going on.

So yeah overall: really neat, windy plot, good characters, great pacing. Vocabulary? Don’t pick this up if you don’t wanna be subjected to it. It can definitely be offensive.

3.75 stars

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Space Opera September TBR!

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Hello!

Happy almost-September. Today I want to talk about all the books I’m going to read for Space Opera September, a readathon hosted by Thomas at SFF180.

During the readathon, I’ll be reading books to unlock ranks and ships along a set track. My goal is to become a space pirate!

The readathon lasts the entire month of September.

For the specifics – rules, prompts, tracks, rankings, prizes, etc etc, check out the announcement video:

If you decide to join, check out the Goodreads group here! (And add me on Goodreads if you haven’t already – shameless plug, shhh)


For the rank that I want to achieve – Space Pirate – I have to read four books andΒ  complete the following prompts:

1 – Read a space opera novella

Binti (Binti, #1)

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – I’m very late to this train. I’ve heard this series is good and it seems like something I’d gravitate towards, so I’m hoping I like it. My buddypal Katy @BookbinderWay will be lending this to me (thanks friend!)

2b – Read a space opera by a diverse author featuring a diverse protagonist and/or major characters

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – Really, this readathon should be named, ‘Emily reads all the backlist books that she should have read years ago’. Again, hopping on this train. I believe this book has lgbt+ rep, but correct me if I’m wrong so I can swap it out.

3 – Read a space opera published before you were born

The Faded Sun Trilogy (The Faded Sun #1-3)

Kesrith by C. J. Cherryh – I was born in 1990, and this book was first published in 1978, so perfecto. I have the bind up edition of all three novels in the trilogy, which is what’s shown above, but for this I’m only planning on reading the first one (unless of course I finish all the other books for this readathon and have some time leftover, then I’ll read the whole bind up).

4 – Read a space opera 500 pages or longer

Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – This is by far the easiest prompt for me to fill. I’ve been holding off on watching season 3 of The Expanse purely so I can read this first, so I should really get on with it. My edition has 595 pages, so good to go.


And that’s it! With these four books, I also fulfill the 2a prompt of ‘Read two books by women’, but since that’s not the track I’m focusing on, I didn’t really highlight it.

If you’re participating in the readathon, lemme know! Happy reading!

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch | Mini-blabber

Dark MatterDark Matter by Blake Crouch
Science Fiction
342 pages
Released July 26, 2016
Read April 1-11th, 2019
Spoiler-free mini-blabber

What if your life was different?

Dark Matter follows a man named Jason, who is married to his wife Daniella and has a son. He works as a professor at the local college and is pretty satisfied with his life, but can’t help wondering, what if. What if he’d made different choices, what if he hadn’t quit his research to pursuit raising a family. Everyone has these kinds of thoughts now and again.

How do your choices lead you to where you are?

Then one day, Jason, when walking home at night, is attacked and the last thing he hears before he loses consciousness is ‘Are you happy with your life?‘. When he wakes up, he goes home to find his wife isn’t his wife, his house isn’t how he left it, and his son was never born.


And that’s all I’m going to tell you of the synopsis. Anything more I think would take away from your enjoyment of the book.

This book was really addictive. The writing was compelling enough to keep the plot moving at a rather fast pace, and the plot progression itself was pretty neat. The main character Jason, I came to feel for, as he navigated through the events that unfolded. I also really liked Daniella, and how intuitive she was when it came to her husband.

The thing that kept the book from being five stars is that it was a bit predictable. Sure I didn’t predict the exact ending, but I kind of had an inkling that something like it might happen mid-way through the book, and that inkling only grew stronger as the book continued. Even with guessing it though, it was played out really well, and the ending, well… I feel like writing a book like this, having the events happen that happened, and following the laws you set up within the story itself, it’s hard to write a perfect ending. But Blake Crouch I think picked one that suited the story well. Was it perfect? No, but like I said, I don’t know how you could make it perfect, considering.

I’m finding it really hard to talk more in-depth about what I liked. I feel like anything more I say about the plot will be a spoiler, and it’s best to go into it with as little information as possible.

Just know that I did really enjoy this, and I feel like it would make an excellent movie. A movie, mind you. Usually when I read a book I’m more of an advocate for a miniseries or something, but I think the thrilling pace and plot of this one would definitely be more suited for a movie. Do you hear me Hollywood? Get on it. I’ll be the first in line to buy a ticket.

Very good book.

4/5 stars

 

Tome Infinity and Beyond Readathon Wrap Up

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Hello! For the past two weeks or so, I’ve been participating in the Tome Infinity and Beyond Readathon!

Due to unexpected family issues, I ended up not having as much time to read as I wanted. Family comes first. But, I did get to travel to a couple different planets!

For my original post announcing my participation, giving the details on the readathon, and my anticipated TBR, go here! Otherwise, here is the prompts and planets, along with the route I ended up taking:

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My Route:

  • Shuttle D: Read a new-to-you author

For this one, I chose Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft. I ended up very much enjoying it and it’ll definitely be getting a full review from me soon.

  • Asteroid Belt: Read a space opera adventure

I was going to read Caliban’s War but decided for a shorter route. I ended up picking up Saga volume 8 by Brian K Vaughan and loved it.

  • Mercury: Read a book under 250 pages

This is where I ended up stalling. Originally, I took this route to buzz through so I could get to the sun and read the book I had picked out for that, but I never got there. Two main reasons for this: Family issue as I stated earlier, and when I picked up Gravitation volume 1 by Maku Murakami for Mercury, I kinda got the urge to binge read the whole series instead of moving on to the next planet. So between reading a 12 volume manga series (I finished up through volume 8) and having really no time to think let alone read, Mercury ended up being my final destination.

Overall, considering what kind of week I’ve had, I’d say I did pretty decent. Read one book, one graphic novel, and eight manga. Eventually I want to get to the book I had picked out for the sun: Nightfall by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg. It just sounds so neat! One day man. For now, I’ve got two, soon to be three buddy reads going on, plus I wanna reread The Traitor Baru Cormorant before its sequel comes out on October 30th, so Nightfall is gonna take the back burner for a while.


If you participated in the readathon, how did you do? What planet do you live on now? Happy reading!

Top 5 ideal mashups

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Happy Hump Day!

Today’s rewind topic is top five ideal mashups, which was the prompt from April 18th of this year. (hush I was slumpy)

These are in no particular order

A Monster Calls meets Spirited Away

Can you imagine how whimsically dark this could get?! I’m getting shivers just thinking about it!

Fullmetal Alchemist meets Treasure Planet

Imagine the immense plot of FMA being set in a world similar to the steampunk of treasure planet. It’d be soooo great

Supernatural meets Mulan

I love Supernatural. I do. I just think it’d be cooler with a neato protagonist like Mulan.

The Liveship Traders meets Pirates of the Caribbean

I’d love to see Jack go up against Kennit, man.

Fringe meets Sherlock

These are two of my all-time favorite shows, each very strong in their own way. The only thing better would be to see them mixed. I’ve love to see how Walter Bishop and Sherlock worked together… or drove each other crazy. Because let’s face it sometimes they’re way too similar.


And that’s it for today! Happy reading!

Top 5 hidden gems in fantasy and sci-fi

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Guess what day it is! I’ve been having some health issues the past few weeks, so my posts have slowed down. But! As of now, I’m just waiting on test results, so I have a bit of time. πŸ˜€ So why not make a post.

Today’s topic is top five hidden gems in your favorite genre. And guess who’s miss fantasy pants with a sci-fi hat. And so there’s some level of what is considered hidden, I’m going to choose books with less than 12,000 reviews on goodreads. I’d say that’s pretty fair.

If you’d like to participate in TFW, you can do so here.


The Egg by Andy Weir

The Egg11768 ratings

Can you tell that I picked ‘12000’ so I could include this, hawhaw. I feel like while this is generally known in the sci-fi community (this is the same guy who wrote The Martian) it’s far less read. It’s a short story and honestly I don’t want to say anything else about it. I feel you should go into it blind.

This story I think Weir has actually posted up online, so a quick google should find it for you. It’s really good.

Ralph and the Pixie by G. S. Monks

1 rating

Hey, that rating is me! This story, when I first came across it about a decade ago, was published on fictionpress. I really liked it then, and a couple years ago I gave it a shout out on my blog. Appaaaaarently, the author had since published it into a book and his publicist found my mention! The author contacted me and sent me a copy in exchange for writing an amazon review, which I did. πŸ˜€ It was so neat! The story was something I read over and over when I was a teenager online and reading it as a physical copy was the most awesome thing. This is a portal fantasy following Ralph, a human, and Malina, a pixie, as they try to navigate both the human and fae worlds. I really enjoyed this one and think it deserves waaaaay more attention. Read it, people.

Immortal Rain by Kaori Ozaki

Immortal Rain, Vol. 11388 ratings

This is a neato fantasy that has the feel of Trigun, if you’ve ever read that. It follows a 14 year old girl as she sets off to hunt the bounty that her grandfather could never catch: a 624 year-old immortal known as The Methuselah. It’s super, super good.

 

 

The Demon Ororon by Mikuzi Hakase and Tomoko Kamimoto

The Demon Ororon, Vol. 1 (The Demon Ororon, #1)433 ratings

This is a short and sweet manga series following Ororon, the prince of demons and Chiaki, an impure angel. It has an interesting cast of characters and is a rather quick read for a manga – only four volumes. I feel like more people need to read this one – it’s just so lovely. πŸ˜€

 

The Deepgate Codex by Alan Campbell

Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)Iron Angel (Deepgate Codex, #2)God of Clocks (Deepgate Codex, #3)

3513 ratings for the first book

Yep, highlighting a whole trilogy here – this is one of my favorite series of all time and I’m always talking about it. I really feel like more people need to read it. READ IT PLEASE. It follows a cast of characters, including a renegade angel, an angel boy, and a man with a ship tied to his back in a city suspended by chains over a seemingly endless abyss. It’s. So. Fantastic. It’s gritty, full of anti-heroes and gray characters, and it’s steampunk! It’s so fantastic, READ IT.


And that’s all for today! Happy reading!

 

 

14 by Peter Clines | Blabber

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1414 by Peter Clines
469 pages
Science Fiction
Read Aug 10 – Aug 19, 2017

This book is really weird.

I’m talking… really weird. But it’s weird in the ‘what in the world is going on’ kind of way, not the ‘I can’t follow this’ kind of way. It was easy to follow along with what was happening, but everything was happening was just so bizarre.

I really enjoyed it!

14 opens on the main character Nate, who’s looking for somewhere new to live. After receiving a recommendation about the Kavach House, a historical apartment building, he moves in. Shortly after doing so, he starts noticing little oddities about his apartment. You know, the usual: padlocked doors on random apartments, bright green cockroaches, a landlord that is weirdly protective of the building… Then he notices other oddities in neighboring apartments. And things just keep getting weirder and weirder from there.

Having read another book by Peter Clines that I knew was somewhat related to this book (The Fold) I kind of knew what I was getting into writing-style wise, character-development-wise and so on, so nothing in either of those categories really appalled me or blew me away. Clines isn’t a purple-prose writer, but he’s a pretty good one I think. He’s able to construct chapters in a way so that the last sentence makes you go ‘Damn it’ and flip the page to the next chapter. His books are really hard to put down.

That, combined with just the morbidly fascinating development of the plot had me reading this book at every available moment – I was on honeymoon when I picked this thing up, so that’s telling you something. Honey, want to get dinner now? Hold on, lemme finish this chapter! Sweetie, wanna hop off the cruise boat and tour the town? Hold on, two more sentences on this page! My husband was very understanding though, thankfully. (And now as I’m writing this, he’s picked up the book and read nearly a third of it last night – unheard of for him, haha).

To be fair, the reviews for this book are mixed. Most of the negative ones mention the pacing. The pacing is indeed a bit slow at the beginning. The weird stuff isn’t super in your face, it’s more little things that you read and go ‘huh’… they eventually delve into ‘wtf’ level weird things, but yes, the pacing is a bit slow. It’s well worth the wait though, in my opinion.

In addition, I always find it strange and somewhat forced when a romantic subplot is forced into a book that is definitely nowhere even close to romance. There’s one in here and at times it’s a bit ‘ehh’ to read. It’s minor though, so it shouldn’t ruin your entire read of the book.

Aside from the pacing and the awkward romance, I really have nothing negative to say about this book – it’s exciting, unnerving, wtf-y, and the ending I think is pretty solid. Considering all the weird, seemingly unrelated stuff that happens in the apartment, I think the author did a rather good job of relating and wrapping it all up nicely. It was refreshing.

Overall, a good choice if you’re looking for something to keep you flipping pages. I really enjoyed it and if you pick it up, let me know if you do, too. :”D

Rating: 4/5 stars

Top 5 fantasy and sci-fi cover arts

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Hello it’s Wednesday Thursday!! And it’s the first Wednesday Thursday since January where I didn’t have the looming knowledge of YOU’RE BEHIND IN YOUR CODING PROJECT EMILY YOU SHOULDN’T BE WRITING A POST floating in the back of my mind. Guess who has two thumbs and has finished the project. ME. YEAH.

So back to books and my overly loud excitement about them.

This week’s topic is cover arts for science fiction and fantasy. Sounds lovely!! πŸ˜€ If you’d like to participate in T5W, here is the link to the group!


Okay so: I’ve come up with seven covers that are grabbing my attention. Instead of doing a tiered-top-five, I’m just going to list all seven in no particular order because all these covers are lovely. πŸ˜€

Saturn Run by John Sandford and Ctein

This book was a cover-buy for me. I had no idea what it was about, nor had I heard of it before I saw it sitting on the shelf. A purchase like this has happened exactly two times in my life, the other being listed below. I can’t get over how pretty this book is. I mean sure, the dust jacket is okay I guess, but the actual book underneath it? Gorgeous πŸ˜€

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Iron Angel and Sea of Ghosts by Alan Campbell

Campbell is one of this weird-steampunk-fantasy authors and I dig everything I’ve read by him. I totally recommend The Deepgate Codex, by the way, Iron Angel being the second book in that series.

Iron Angel (Deepgate Codex, #2)Sea of Ghosts (The Gravedigger Chronicles, #1)

The Fold by Peter Clines

This is that other cover-buy I mentioned. I feel like images of it online don’t do it justice. It’s just so PRETTY in real life. The cover is textured, it’s shiny, the fold going down the middle of the page pops out to the eye. It’s lovely! And the book itself is really good too :”D

The Fold

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The art in this entire book is lovely. The cover just showcases it. :”D

A Monster Calls

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

I picked this one because if I mentioned recently in my blabber that this cover, while rather lovely, is super poignant. It describes the tone of the book so well that I had just to throw it in here. It’s super suave.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant

Rook by Sharon Cameron

When I read Rook last year or two ago, I gave it a three star rating. Every time I’ve mentioned it since, it always confuses me why I gave it a 3, not a 4. I’m thinking pacing? But at this point, all I remember is loving the setting and the characters, haha. This cover is rather lovely, I think. :”D

Rook


And that’s it for this week! Happy reading. :”D

Top 5 sci-fi and fantasy novels on my TBR

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Happy Camel Day πŸ˜€ This week’s topic are sci-fi and fantasy books I haven’t actually read yet. So for simplicity’s sake, I’m going to go with books that I haven’t read yet that I already own. None of this ‘Gonna ignore the 200 unread books I own to add more to my list’ stuff. Gonna try to focus on the books I have. Money dollars, people. I’m not made of them.

If you’d like to join t5w, here is the link to do so. Synopsis for all books will be linked in the titles.


5 – A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)I’m one of those late-on-the-bandwagon people with this series. Didn’t start reading it until I think season 3 of the show had already come out. At that point, I was sick of getting spoilers about things I didn’t even understand. So I decided to read the books so I’d understand the spoilers so I’d understand the plot. So I have this last one left and then I’ll be waiting for Winds of Winter along with everyone else. I think I’m going to tackle this one on audiobook. I read the second one in physical copy but that was a struggle. The other ones were all listened to. As much as I dislike the narrator I have a copy of, it’ll still be better for me and move the process along. And then I can continue the tv show.

4 – Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey

Caliban's War (Expanse, #2)Book one in this series, Leviathan Wakes, was among my favorite books of last year. I ended up going out to the bookstore immediately after finishing it and paying list price for this baby because I needed it…. and then I read 50 pages and got distracted by another book. I’m a bad fan. D:

I’d really like to catch up on this series though, especially since i started watching the show and it’s going to eclipse book one soon. Gotta do it, gotta do it.

 

3 – Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1)Book one out of ten in Eriksons The Malazan Book of the Fallen series, this one is on the list because when I was in Malaysia, a neato friend recommended it to me and I bought it. She also bought Leviathan Wakes at my recommendation… and she has since binged that entire series. I have yet to even start this one. :”D So it’s made the list because aside from wanting to read it as is, there’s a good amount of reader’s guilt stuck to it, haha.

I’ll get to it, Shep-y. I promise. :”D

 

2 – Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Elantris (Elantris, #1)This was in my most recent haul. I bought it because I’ve had the mistborn trilogy sitting on my shelves forever, but I heard that if I’m going to read Sanderson’s later works, which I want to, I need to read his earliest ones first. If I don’t, I won’t like them when I got back and read them after reading the later ones…. so I figured, this is his first book, so I’m starting with it. And after, then I’ll pick up the mistborn trilogy.

If I’m incorrect in my assumption, feel free to correct me.

 

1 – The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)This is the third book in Weeks’ Lightbringer series, which I am unendingly obsessed about. The only reason why I haven’t started this book already is that I’m currently reading a few others and I know if I start this one, those will fall to the wayside. I’m in the middle of a buddy read which I’m already behind on, so I don’t want to make that any worse, haha. Once Mad Ship and The Traitor Baru Cormorant are finished though, you bet your butt I’m reading this book. I can already taste it.

 

 

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And that’s it! :”D Happy reading!

Top 5 Fantasy and Scifi Books

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Hello! The camel says it’s Wednesday, so here we are again. :”D This week’s topic is a rather broad one – favorite fantasy and science fiction. There are a lot of books I’m sure will be on a lot of people’s lists and honestly, they would likely be on my own as well (ie. Harry Potter, Uprooted, A Court of Mist and Fury, The Martian,Β Leviathan Wakes etc etc). So I’m going to post some of my favorite scifi and fantasy novels that I haven’t talked about much lately or aren’t currently super hyped. Past hype dun count. :”D

If you’d like to participate in T5W, here is the link to do so!


5. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)This series was super popular a few years ago but has since fallen to the wayside a bit. If you’ve read it, you know my pain. If you haven’t read it, I highly highly suggest you do so. It follows a young boy in a colony of only men. This boy, along with the rest of the colony, can hear each others’ thoughts. Constantly. The people’s thoughts, the dogs’ thoughts, the bugs’ thoughts, the cows’ thoughts. Everything collides in a barrage of noise. It’s all the boy has ever known, and then one day, he stumbles across a patch of silence.

This series is really good, it’s really intense and it kinda killed me a bit.

4. The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)I’ve mentioned this one a lot recently. Like, a lot a lot. It’s the latest addition to my favorites list and now that I’m about half way through the second book, my certainty that this series belongs on this list is even stronger. This series follows The Prism, a man who can fracture light into its individual colors and ‘draft’ those colors into solid matter called luxin. It’s set in a fantasy world full of neat magic, cool world building and some pretty great characters. I wrote a spoiler-free blabber on it (which now has a good ten ping backs likely) if you’d like a fuller idea of what it’s about.

 

3. The Fold by Peter Clines

The FoldWhen I bought this, it was a total cover-buy. I was on a boardwalk and this was sitting in the front window of a bookstore I walked by. I pointed, squeaked, ran inside and bought the thing. The picture here doesn’t do the cover justice, man. The cover, first of all, is shiny, it’s textured. The fold going down the front of it actually feels like a fold. It’s soooo cool. πŸ˜€

Anyways, bought the book on impulse and totally ended up loving it. It follows a man that’s brought in to assess a scientific experiment that ultimately feels a lot like Stargate if you’ve ever seen that. It twists off in a different direction though, and I very much enjoyed the ride. This book was really cool. And it has a companion novel 14 which is on my 17 in 2017 list. This is the one book on this T5w list that I have only seen a couple times elsewhere and even then the opinions have been mixed. People seem to either love it or hate it. Well, I looooove it. :”D

2. His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)I’ve noticed this series getting a bit of attention lately, and I say GOOD. This series is fantastic and has recently finished (which… I now need to finish. I’m thinking I’m just going to reread the whole thing since it’s been years since I originally read it). It’s set during the Napoleonic Wars and follows a British Navy Captain who conquers and takes a French ship. On board, he finds a dragon egg.

Napoleonic warfare with dragons. Do I need say more. This series is amazing. The characters are well-developed, the war scenes are tactical and planned, the interactions between Lawrence (the navy captain) and Temeraire (the dragon) are adorably hysterical. I love it. I love it.

1. Scar Night by Alan Campbell

Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)This series is usually my go-to when people ask for recommendations. It’s about renegade angels and false gods in a city suspended by chains over a seemingly bottomless abyss. It’s fantasy, it’s steampunk, it’s a lot of stuff. It’s dark, it has anti-heroes, it has weirdly lovable characters, especially in the second book. It’s just fantastic. I love it, people. Read this one.

 

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading.